West Stephentown Baptist Church
Plan of Salvation
Our Mission Statement
Statement of Faith
Who we are
God Loves Us
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)
Our sin separates us from God
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. (Isaiah 59:2)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ has made reconciliation with God possible
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)
Our response: repent and believe
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will go in and eat with him and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)
Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed on His name, He gave the right to become the children of God. (John 1:12)
How can I become a child of God?
1.Admit your need. (I am a sinner)
2.Be willing to turn from your sins. (Repent)
3.Believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the cross and rose from the grave. (Faith)
4.Through prayer, invite Jesus to come in and control your life through the Holy Spirit. (Receive Him as Lord and Savior)
Lord Jesus, I need you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive you as my Savior and Lord. Thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of my life and help me to turn from my sins. Make me the kind of person you want me to be. Amen
• West Stephentown Baptist Church exists to glorify God through its members
• Seeking a personal growing relationship with Jesus Christ
• Exemplifying a caring nurturing community that reflects our love for Christ and one another
• Making Him known to our neighbors and the world by the way we live our lives individually and corporately
•We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
•We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
•We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
•We believe that for salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
•We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
•We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto resurrection of life and they that are lost unto resurrection of damnation.
•We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor: Mr. Trygve Tomlinson - 766-5217
Deacon Chairman: Mr. Dave Cobden - 674-2641
Trustee Chairman: Mr. Rick Morgan - 794-7473
Secretary: Mrs. Cindy Morgan - 794-7473
Financial Secretary: Mrs. Audrey Gundrum - 766-6529
Treasurer: Mr. Marcus Kravitz - 578-1950
Clerk: Mrs. Kim Austin - 732-7382
Sunday School Superintendent: Mrs. Pat Quackenbush - 674-0387
Missionary Superintendent: Mrs. Ruth Denue - 712-5222
Sound & Technical Engineer: Mr. Don Cassavaugh - 413-458-8692
Website Designer: Stephen Brokalis - Contact - 733-0303
The West Stephentown Baptist Church was founded in 1829 as the Stephentown-Nassau Union Church. It was the daughter church of the Stephentown Center Baptist Church which was founded in 1783. The West Stephentown Baptist Church was built on the town line dividing the towns of Stephentown and Nassau with the intention of serving the outlying of both townships. Support for the new church was strong and the raising of the building cost of $1350 went well. The ministry of this new church was readily received.
In 1879, with the deterioration of the sill on the east side of the building, serious consideration was given to razing the building. However, after much prayer and thought, the decision was made to renovate the building. The renovation was an enlargement and improvement and also changed the look of the building, inside and out.
Following World War I, in 1919, the clear glass windows of the sanctuary were replaced with imported stained glass. It appears that the European influence experienced by the servicemen would have its impact in West Stephentown.
A major change would impact the church in 1925 with the installation of electric lights. This would mean an increase in evening meetings.
The changing times Of World War Il brought about a decision to be officially incorporated on December 27, 1943 as the West Stephentown Baptist Church. A strong Gospel preaching ministry was continuing to have an impact in the community.
The 1950's brought many changes to the church. The present kitchen was built in 1952 and has served many meals over the years. Our first electric organ was purchased in 1954. The calling of the first full time pastor occurred in 1957. We also installed the new pews, this took longer than expected due to a train fire which destroyed the first pews that were shipped by rail. The church purchased the adjacent home Of the former town justice to serve as a parsonage. The church grew with an influx of new families and many children. The first Vacation Bible School was held that summer. In the years that followed. Sunday School attendance increased to 150 and the decision to build an attached education wing was undertaken in 1966. Prior to this, in 1964, a major redecoration of the sanctuary occurred including the installation of wall to wall carpeting
During the 1960's and early 1970's, the ministry to teenagers and young adults became a major part of the work in West Stephentown. As a result, the decision was made to build a Retreat House, across the road from the church, to minister to the youth. This ministry was very active during the late 1970's and early 1980's. In the summer of 1978, the church took a step of faith in funding the drilling of a well for drinking water. As the Lord would have it, the well was only 80 feet deep and had a flow of 42 gallons minute. The owner of the well drilling firm donated the well to the church.
In the last decade, the church sanctuary has undergone two expansions to accommodate the increases in attendance. These represented various expansion phases that would lay the ground work for our present expansion. Adjacent land Mas donated and a large parking lot installed to allow for more parking.
In response to our present and future needs, the church has pursued this present expansion phase, the building of a new sanctuary with offices and restrooms, as part of a master plan.
Rev. Trygve (Trig) C. Tomlinson has been pastor of the church since August 1978.
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